Tell us your CI story...

Why did you choose CI? Every year, CSU Channel Islands awards a $1500 scholarship to either a current or prospective student with the most creative and inspiring answer to this question. Take a moment to enjoy the top entries from our most recent contest...

2017 WhyCI? contest winners

Official Contest Rules:

  • Create an original video that's 60 seconds or less in duration. It can be a combination of live-action, still photos, and animation sequences.
  • Videos containing any copyrighted media (video clips, music clips, images, etc) will not be considered at all.
  • Submit your completed video through the official contest entry form no later than 5pm PDT on Sunday, June 17, 2018. 
  • Winners will be notified on or before June 29, 2018.
  • Only one video entry per qualifying student.

Qualifying Participants

Only the following individuals are qualified to participate:

  • Any currently enrolled CI student (undergraduate, graduate, post-bac or credential).
  • Any prospective CI student who has officially been admitted, or is pending admission (review of transcripts), for enrollment at CI for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Judging & Awards

The judging will be based on several factors, including message content, visual creativity, and originality. Awards will consist of:

  • (1) winner will receive a $1500 scholarship
  • (4) finalists will receive $50 dining gift cards which can be used at any of CI’s on-campus restaurants or dining facilities.

Legal Disclaimer

The $1,500 scholarship will be provided for the winning video from a current CI student or prospective CI student (scholarships may only be used at CI and will be credited to the student’s account upon their next or first semester of enrollment). Please note that any resources received including these scholarships are considered estimated financial assistance and will be used to determine eligibility for financial aid purposes. Students may not receive aid that exceeds the total cost of attendance at CI.

Select participants in the "WhyCI" video contest will be asked to sign a Visual/Audio Image Release, granting permission to CSU Channel Islands, its employees and agents, to take and use visual/audio images of you and your entry.

Please contact for all official contest inquiries.